Video & Transcript of Adam Savage’s Moving Talk and Q&A from @MakerFaire Bay Area @donttrythis @testedcom
Adam Savage gave another enlightening talk at the recent Maker Faire Bay Area – and this one may be his best yet. After 17 minutes of talking from prepared notes, he continued to conduct a Q&A with the audience for an astounding 47 more minutes, taking 31 questions in all, discussing topics from myths to memories to maker stories. Make:’s Gareth Branwyn summed up the talk acutely for me with this paragraph:
He also made a point of reminding the very large, attentive crowd that making is not just about 3D printing, Arduino, LEDs, CNC, and laser cutting. And it’s not just about woodshop or metalwork. And it’s not drones. Making is cooking, dance, making art and music, cosplay. Any act of creating something, bringing something into the world, is making. He also talked, as he has in previous Sunday morning “sermons,” about the importance of making as a way of telling our story, of expressing ourselves, our ideas, and our dreams. Story telling is fundamental to the human experience, he said, and making things is a way of making those stories physical, bringing them to life.
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